Ayr Bumble Bees On The Road

Last season the British & Irish Cup served up a tough introduction to cross border competition for the Scottish teams but today Ayr showed that the Scots can more than hold their own, when they became the first Scottish side to win away from home with an impressive 18-12 win over English Championship side Birmingham and Solihull Bees.

It was a tough start for Ayr who were 12-3 down after 25 minutes – full-back Grant Anderson registering Ayr’s only points with a penalty kick  however a perfectly timed interception try from winger Cammy Taylor put the Millbrae men right back in the tie when he snatched the ball and bolted in from his own 22.

Anderson missed the conversion but Ayr’s belief had soared.

 

Gordon Reid played his part in an impressive forward display
Last season the British & Irish Cup served up a tough introduction to cross border competition for the Scottish teams but today Ayr showed that the Scots can more than hold their own, when they became the first Scottish side to win away from home with an impressive 18-12 win over English Championship side Birmingham and Solihull Bees.

It was a tough start for Ayr who were 12-3 down after 25 minutes – full-back Grant Anderson registering Ayr’s only points with a penalty kick  however a perfectly timed interception try from winger Cammy Taylor put the Millbrae men right back in the tie when he snatched the ball and bolted in from his own 22.

Anderson missed the conversion but Ayr’s belief had soared.

Their increase impetus was soon rewarded with another three points from Anderson after the Bees infringed at a ruck, killing the momentum gained by great link play between drafted Scotland number 8 Johnnie Beattie and scrum-half AJ McFarlane.


HALF TIME: 12-11

Only one score was registered in the second-half, the impetus again sparked by Beattie who fed club stalwart and captain Damien Kelly who piled on before popping the ball to 17-year-old centre Robbie Fergusson who dotted down.

Anderson converted to end the scoring of the game and seal the historic win.

Ayr now travel to face Rotherham who are chasing their first B&I win this season before hosting two back to back matches at Millbrae against Llandovery and Doncaster as they bid for a place in the qurter-finals.

Ayr team v Birmingham
Grant Anderson; Dougie Steele, Robbie Fergusson, Mark Stewart, Cammy Taylor; Richard McCallum, AJ Macfarlane; Gordon Reid, Stuart Fenwick, Andy Kelly, Dean Stewart, Damien Kelly CAPTAIN, Andy Dunlop, Robbie Colhoun, Johnnie Beattie
Substitutes: Gordon Sykes, Stephen Adair, Scott Nimmo, Peter McCallum, Steven Manning, Gibson Siwo, Paddy Boyer